Michel VANLINT, Zoutleeuw …
The magician … Mister “One” national
Michel Vanlint ….. a specialist, a wonder boy, … people already gave him a lot of names…. In a very short time, he succeeded to “do some changes” in the pigeon sport. His point of view and his method of playing, astonished many opponents. Sometimes, he can be tough and he says what he thinks, in fact he dares to say as it is.
On the last day of 2002, December 31st, at the age of 67, Michel decided to return to Belgium after he lived for 20 years in Taiwan. Zoutleeuw, in the province of Flemish Brabant, would become his new home, close to his friends and fellow fanciers. Together with his wife Yu-Chin and his daughter Linda, he came to live in the Bogaerdenstraat N°33.
At the back, above the workshop, he build a fabulous loft, to the concept of the loft Huyskens-Van Riel. According to Michel, it was one of the best lofts he ever had seen. At the beginning of 2003, some youngsters arrived on the loft : 50 of Willem De Bruyn (Reeuwijk), 24 of Herbots Brothers (Halle-Booienhoven), 15 of Oliviers-De Vos (Kumtich) and 18 of De Keyser (Erps-Kwerps). A year later, in 2004, another 30 of Willem and 15 of Filip Herbots joined the group.
The pigeons had to follow a very tough rhythm and they were selected by their results. These are at the base of the actual breeding loft. He became strong by the strong selection, mainly by the basket (every week Heavy middle distance, 14 till 18 weeks in a row). His knowledge and his professionalism created the actual MVL Pigeon.
Intelligence together with endurance!
If there’s one colony in Belgium that paralysed all of us in a very short time, it certainly is the one of Michel Vanlint. Within a very short period, just a few years, he gathered a prize list, of which many of us can only dream about. (2003-2013)
Let him be a master in management and in preparing the pigeons towards very good results, let him have more knowledge about the pigeons but one thing’s for sure “without a good basic material, you can’t get to such results !”
- 1 Nat. Bourges 32724 p.
- 1 Nat. Bourges 21796 p
- 1 Nat. La Souterraine 17545 p.
- 1 Nat. La Souterraine 13918 p.
- 1 Nat. Bourges 10670 p.
- 1 S/Nat. Montluçon 10397 p.
- 1 S/Nat. Argenton 6924 p.
- 1 Nat. Argenton 5941 p.
- 1 Nat. Bourges 5759 p.
- 1 Nat. Bourges 4753 p.
- 1 Nat. La Souterraine 3619 p.
- 1 Nat. La Souterraine 3150 p.
- 1 Nat. Nevers 2918 p.
- 1 Nat. Nevers, fastest 15.000 p
- 1 Nat. Vichy 2460 p.
- 1 Nat.C La Souterraine 2098 p.
- 1 Nat. La Souterraine 1564 p.
- 1 Nat. Gueret 1310 p.
- 1 Nat. Vichy 1249 p.
- 1 Nat. Argenton 945 p.
- 1 Nat. Vichy 875 p.
“GOOD PIGEONS ARE AT THE BASE OF EVERYTHING !”
Who did ever do better ???
We don’t want to show you pages and pages with numbers but when we watch the numbers, with which “Mister One-National” (he always tries to win a national victory every year) already scored on national level, it’s almost unbelievable.
In 2004, he finished the season with 3 NATIONAL VICTORIES.
In 2005, he already showed up at the first race, … dominating the whole country… Belgium, the cradle of the pigeon sport…. It was and still is in Zoutleeuw!!!
NATIONAL Bourges I – 21940 Yrl. : 1-5-7-8-9-38-161-…….
5 pigeons in the national top 9 against almost 22000 pigeons - …..
With the old birds, against 26679 p. : 50-117-….
In the national double hens, his girls scored with 1-3-4-17-21-45-91 or 7 x top 100
When we all received the result, we found the name of VANLINT 8 times in the NATIONAL top 10 : 1, 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 21, 38, 45, 50
Some more top results of the fabulous year :
This phenomenal result from Bourges, is one never to forget !
National BOURGES Youngsters, the classical race of the year, to which each and every fancier in Belgium, looks forward to and participates with his best pigeons.
1 NAT 32762 Youngsters : MICHEL VANLINT !!!!
Also in the category of the yearlings against 12755 Yrl., he astonished with the following result: 9-28-48-144-265-350 - ….
ARGENTON 2005 - …. “ That’s how you have to race the pigeons “
6552 Youngsters Zone C : 10-11-15-16-62-119-207-209-237-252-254-288-291-533-553
21299 Youngsters Nat. : 53-56-71-73-214-348-644-660-729-786-791-878-894-1628
2131 Yrl. Zone C. : 4-13-14-20-45-53-80-84-115-118-120-133-134-156-160-161-189-198-208-210-229-248-359-376-383-408-437-482-522 (30/37)
4804 Yrl. Nat. : 24-44-45-64-129-146-217-222-306-310-312-343-345-404-405-409-420-459-478-490-494-533-579-837-877-896-957-1005-1100-1194
1839 Old Zone C : 28-42-48-56-132-143-159-171-202-271-380
3942 Old Nat. : 54-86-98-112-296-317-353-383-446-580-782 (11/13)
To Argenton, he put in 21 youngsters – 37 yearlings and 13 old birds, a total of 71 pigeons. On national level he won 56 prizes of 71, (78,87 % prize)
Among these: in the zone 43 prizes per 10 – national : 41 per 10.
Top 100 national, he scored with 24-44-45-53-54-56-64-71-73-86-98 or 11 pigeons within the top 100 on this national race from Argenton.
Many fanciers are already pleased with one prize within the national top 100 in per year !
2005: the score over 4 national races; Bourges, Argenton, La Souterraine and Gueret :
1-3-9-24-26-27-28-35-44-45-48-53-54-54-56-64-65-71-73-86-98-98-99 or 23 pigeons within the top 100 on these 4 national confrontations.
Who did better ????
Some top pigeons of that first period, which are at the base of the actual success:
- ‘Barbara’ B-05-2190504
- ‘1 National Bourges 32.724 p..
- - (Verbeke – Limbourg x string 155 Herbots Brothers)
- - ‘Adonis’ Nl-03-1141085 : 1 Nat La Souterraine 3150 yrl ; - 15 Nat Vichy 11448 p – string Olympic Zeus, W De Bruijn
- - ‘Anita’ Nl-03-1141112 : 1 Nat Vichy – Olympic pigeon ; string Gilbert of De Bruijn .. ; Anita also won 1 Toury 1984 p – 1 Argenton 629 p
- - ‘Bea’ B-04-2105478 : 1 Nat Bourges 21940 p. (Maurice Vandevelde x Deno Herbots, string 2 Nat Dax J Wolters
- - ‘Amos’ Nl-03-1141081 : 1 S/Nat Argenton 6900 p – string Jaap, Best Pigeon WHZB’96, origins De Wit Brothers
- - ‘Brian’ 04-Nl-2055223 1 NAT ACE BDS FOND 2005 – strings Nauwelaerts…
- - ‘Angelo’ 03-2266281 ; of De Keyzer, Boortmeerbeek, won prizes like 1 Sens ,2 Bourges, 3 Bourges, 3 Toury, 4 Limoges, 5 Pithiviers, 6 La Souterraine.
- - Bianca’ 04-2200620 : 6 Nat Ace MD KBDB – 2 Nat Ace MD BDS - … a Sterckx , Begijnendijk.
- CHRISTINA : 1 NAT La Souterraine 17500 p (2006)
2008 : Nobody did better on the NATIONAL La Souterraine Youngsters : 7 in the Top 100 NATIONAL against 25931 Youngsters !!!!
6, 11, 18, 29, 52, 88, 99 NAT La Souterraine 25931 Youngsters.
“A magician, an artist, a pigeon psychologist, all words and names…. Searching to describe the results he wins, it always becomes more difficult” Several times already we used this text at the beginning of an article about this loft. And…… all pigeon world watched the Bogaerdenstraat 33….. How can this continue, where does he get them …… many of the “big names” knocked on his door, to come and observe and try to copy all in the smallest details ….. they filmed, talked, wrote about him and Michel, ‘nice’ as he is, talked and talked…….it always became more difficult to keep his box of Pandora closed…. But as you can guess….. the environment started to watch him closely and also because of the “system of Vanlint”, the region changed into a “Golden Triangle”.
But by copying the system ….. many lofts became empty.
2009 The tougher, the faster, the better
- 3 pigeons in the national TOP 10 Gueret
- 2 S/Nat Montluçon 7531 Old
- 2, 14, 15, Nat S Montluçon 9326 Yrl.
- 7, 20, 22, 26, 27, 34, 35 Nat C Bourges 6226 Yrl.
- 15, 44, 46, 64, 65, NAT Argenton 21092 Yrl.
- 24 NAT Argenton 9901 Old
- 29 NAT Limoges 16893 Yrl.
- 96 NAT Bourges 11756 Old
- 38 NAT Argenton 6444 Yrl.
- 67, 78 NAT C La Souterraine 2038 Old
- 33 NAT C La Souterraiine 4581 Youngsters
- 5, 9, 10, 56, 67, 68 NAT Gueret 2636 Old
- 94 NAT Gueret 14245 Youngsters
Only the master himself knew what is all was about, for years, he had been the key figure between China, Taiwan – Belgium, Holland. Thousands of pigeons passed through his hands, so he could form a vision of a good pigeon but he also knew that they had to be tested. They had to race, travel in the basket to be selected and hereby you can find out which pigeon is able to participate every week to the heavy middle distances. 2013 was a dream year because every week there were national heavy middle distance races of +500 km, to which he participated with his whole team. “No mercy” … and as we notice now, after some years of selection, he created his own pigeon; the MVL pigeon. (the MVL pigeon is born out of strong selected birds, which have to race minimum 3 or 4 years a very tough programme , 12 till 15 weeks participate to races of + 400 – 600 km. The base was build by pigeons of noble origins, at first selected on the races and then checked by the hand of the master, who has been the bridge to the East for many years.)
Remarkable with Vanlint :
Hygiene : A healthy environment which takes care of a healthy body. Pigeons that often get in contact with others (in the basket), have more chance to infections. To reduce this as much as possible, he regularly uses disinfection products. As a precaution, not many may enter his loft. Also Michel and his wife, have to change shoes and always step into water with “Dettol” before they enter the loft. Every week, the racing lofts are vaporised with water and Dettol ….. This keeps the environment “stable”. Besides this, the pigeons get some acid in the drinking water every day, hereby the birds stay healthy in a natural way. (This reduces the harmful microbes in the drinking water)
- 2011 : Before judging, try and this yourself :
- 19 X top 100 National
- 17, 20, 55, 66, 99, NAT Argenton 4123 Yrl.
- 18 NAT Argenton 3498 Old
- 20, 26, 42, 73, 81, 85, NAT La Souterraine 3562 Old
- 21, 45, NAT Chateauroux 22.263 Yrl.
- 35 NAT. Argenton 20.383 Yougnsters
- 75 Nat La Chatre 21180 Yrl.
- 82, 93 NAT La Souterraine 16665 Yougnsters
- 83 NAT La Chatre 15780 Old
Michel does everything by himself, together with his wife, who followed him to Belgium and take care of the colony. Also his daughter Linda helps out when she can. It all has to be done perfectly. They also pay a lot of attention to the training of the youngsters. When they enter, they are drilled with a stick, they have to listen and learn to know the signal to enter. When they drive with the birds, they’re put into a release basket and at the place of release, they can rest for about 5 minutes and then they get the opportunity to drink. When they learn this at a young age, they’ll remember for the rest of their lives – “The more you do, the more you get back in return”. Throughout the years, Michel concentrated on the pigeon sport, he learned to know the pigeons. Observe what they need and give it to them. You can learn them a lot but according to Michel, there are more good pigeons than good fanciers. Everybody can get good pigeons, when you visit the auctions, it’s an art to search the good ones but then it’s up to you, to make sure they score well. This can only be reached by observing the pigeons. This is probably the secret of this fancier. When you do all you can for the pigeons, you don’t have to spare them, they have to score.
An eye for the details :
Vanlint plays the total widowhood. As well the cocks as the hens have to race every week between 400 and 600 km. They leave from the first week till and with the last national race from Gueret. Those that can follow the system and score at the same time, select themselves ! These pigeons are good to breed with. The most important way of selecting is the basket! Its remarkable that the cocks and the hens are equal in results. At the beginning, the pigeons can sit and rest on shelves in front of the boxes, during the week. The box will only be opened the day of arrival or the day before, this motivates them towards their territory. It’s a kind of motivation you can use for several weeks. When they arrive back home, the partners can stay together till the evening. In the mean time, all pigeons get a hot bath, while they get a good massage. The loft get darkened, so they can recover better and as soon as possible be ready for the next job. Before basketing, the pigeons get dropped and this will be repeated after their arrival. When they arrive back home, they always get clean water to drink, afterwards they get electrolytes. Regularly, they get acids in the drinking water to get an optimal acid degree so they stay healthy. Raf Herbots is the vet of duty, they understand each other very well and Michel uses the medication his vet describes. During the week, the pigeons get together once or twice a week for about maximum 5 minutes. This stimulates them more and it makes sure the hens don’t pair.
On the food, he regularly uses Zell-Oxygen, beer yeast, oil and also Vitamin B. By giving by-products and oil, the pigeons get the strength they need to work on such a hard programme ! Hereby the fancier gets a good feeling and every week again, the birds can grow towards new top results. Those that can’t follow, will be selected out of the system. Life can be hard but after 3, maximum 4 years, the best move to the breeding loft ! Michel also prefers natural products “You can see that the pigeons are in a perfect health”.
Tips of the master :
- Observe the pigeons when they’re taking a bath: " the faster they dry up, the better their condition "
- Make sure the pigeons feel well on the loft and give them what they need.
- Pay good attention to good and enough food, see what the birds prefer and give it when the time is right.
- Learn to know your pigeons, treat them like a pet, make sure you have a good relation and they will thank you by good results.
- Get a good loft, a good environment and good pigeons at the base and then you should succeed – your work will be rewarded.
- Daily observation : what about the manure ? Do the pigeons shine, are they vital, all details that make the difference.
Get control over cancer, once the birds have to stay in the basket for two nights, do a preventive cure. In turn with Ronidazole, Trichovit by the drinking water, or individually with Gamba-Tabs, Spartrix, Metro …..
another year of success……
with 2 x 1 NATIONAL !!!!
He astonished all of us, in his two-weekly article …. He already mentioned something. In his dreams, he knew that another national victory was coming. The condition was super and throughout the season, he noticed the “joy” with the pigeons, nothing much to do, they were healthy, his team showed their master to be ready.
A short preview of 2013 :
- 25/05 Bourges 19655 Old.B : 15, 47, 48, 54, 94, 96
- 01/06 Chateauroux 19691 Yrl. : 95
- 30/06 Argenton 22463 Yrl. : 59
- 10/08 Argenton 5941 Old. B : 1, 51
- 10/08 Argenton 6801 Yrl. : 33, 49, 75, 80, 93
- 15/08 Issoudun 5670 Old.B. : 80, 99
- 24/08 La Souterraine 4144 Old. B : 13, 21, 32, 70
- 24/08 La souterraine 13089 Young.B. : 51, 69, 87
- 31/08 Nevers 2918 Old. B : 1, 54, 77, 79, 93, 97
On national level he scored with : 1, 1, 13, 15, 21, 32, 33, 47, 48, 49, 51, 51, 54, 54, 59, 69, 70, 75, 77, 79, 80, 80, 87, 93, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 99….
To end with the actual top pigeons :
In her origins, we find the base of the colony :
Parents, grandparents won 3 National Races on MVL loft
Sire : BORIS : 1 NAT. Gueret (C) 1310 p
Gr.S. : ADONIS : 1 NAT. La Souterraine’04
Gr.M. : ANITA : 1 NAT. Vichy’04 & Olympic Ace Pigeon
Sire : 2200650-04, Boris – 1 Nat Zone Gueret 1310 p Top racer with 17 x top on the Heavy MD with 4 Argenton 2131 p – 5 La Souterraine 2917 p – was also 1 prov. Ace Brab.Union CFW
Gr.S. : 2195120-02, Father Boris Son Dikke 745-97, Ace Demervallei with the 348-98,
Gr.D; : 20558761-99, 2° La Souterraine – daughter 305/98 with the 801-96
Dam : 2190513-05, Daughter 1 Nat La Souterraine x 1 Nat Vichy
Gr.S. : NL 03-1141085, Adonis, 1 Nat la Souterraine’04 – 13 Nat Vichy 11448 p – 11 Toury 977 p – 17 Blois 254 p – 6 Argenton 1310 p son 452-01, Olympic Pig. Zeus, Best cock WHZB x 565-97, 7 Ace WHZB string De Wit Brothers
Gr.D. NL 03-1141112, Anita – 1 Nat Vichy – Olympic hen – 1 Toury 1984 p – 1 Argenton 629 p – 2 Nat 4723 p - 44 Nat Vichy 17129 p …. Daughter Gilbert, Meire 8 Ace WHZB’02 x Schaerlaeckens – De Bruijn
Sire : 2258670-06, MVL Pigeon - Son Barbara – 1 Nat Bourges 33.000 pig.
Gr.S. : 6151767-99, Brutus – Son of the legendary breeder and basic cock Engels of Putte, the 231, also grandson 1 Nat. Argenton Yrl.’93
Gr.D. : 2190504-05, Barbara – 1 Nat Bourges 32724 p MVL – hen of great class and daughter 007-02, Ace cock with 377-99, daughter of the legendary 155, Olympic cock and super breeder Herbots Brothers
Dam : 2190155-08, Marina – MVL pigeon – she won 18 x prize on the national races
Gr.S. : 2215135-06, MVL – son of Brother Barbara ( brother 1 nat Bourges 33000 p) x the 427-04, daughter 048-03 x 029-03, WA de Bruijn
Gr.D. : 2212127-07, MVL – Daughter 551-05, son Boris x Arabella. Mother 127-07, is Bieke 457-04 (which won 4 Nat Vichy 2461 p – 1 Montluçon 192 p)
The fact that Michel has a nose for pigeons, is also proved by the direct Gaston van de Wouwer pigeons, which he already got in 2009 and he also tested them !!!
Of a group of youngsters he bought, two were super:
She won 33 x prize Middle Distance
22 x p/10 – 33 Nationals
Sire : 6176146-05, VdWouwer, Son Kaasboer – won top on the middle distance till Limoges
Gr.S. 6335690-98, The Kaasboer, the famous basic cock G vdWouwer
Gr.D; 6407575-97, Super breeding hen, Bart Henderickx, Berlaar
Dam : 6404429-06, Summer youngster, W Roziers
Gr.S. : 6225246-01, Inteligente – suepr racer with 12 I.P. Chateauroux 8360 p – 12 Prov Blois 1721 p – 104 Prov Pithiviers 8015 p …; son Suspence 626-99 x H Schroeyens (Houben) 521-98
Gr.D; 6246934-04, Nike – Extra hen, which won 29 Nat La Souterraine 16297 p - 315 Nat Argenton 23078 p … daughter First Time 612/98 x Fonssin 195-03, R Hendrickx
Another top racing hen: LESLEY 2048455-10
she won 13 Nationals – 10 p/10 – 20 x Heavy MD
21 Nat Chateauroux …..
Sire : 6033129-07, Summer youngster, son Kaadboer
Gr.S. 6335690-98, The Kaasboer, the famous basic cock G vdWouwer
Gr.D. 6307210-04, Ace pigeon 2004 – she won 32 Nat LaSouterraine 16297 p – 327 Nat Argenton 23078 p – 326 Nat Bourges 48556 p ….
Dam : 6259169-08, Geerinckx LBJ, daughter Chateaurouxke
Gr.S. : 6054295-05, Late Witte Willy, son Wittekop Sylvester with Willyke 637-98
Gr.D; : 6054214-05, Chateaurouxke – 1 Blois 267 p – 2 Prov. Blois 2135 p – daughter 009-95, Vale Super breeder x Wittekopje Ijzeren 152-00
And with all respect : Michel ahs always been punctual, fascinated by the pigeon sport, all that happens in the Bogaerdenstraat in Zoutleeuw, is done by himself and his wife Yu-Chin. This already gave them many sleepless nights …
Of Hendrik Conscience they say: “He learned his people to read”
Of Michel VANLINT, we can say: “He learned his people to race with pigeons”